Before assuming the role of Global Programs Director in December 2015, Daniel served as Whole Planet Foundation’s Asia/Pacific Regional Director. In this role he was responsible for identifying new viable partnerships while providing oversight to existing partners spanning the region. Prior to joining the Whole Planet Foundation team, Daniel worked in microfinance at the field level for Whole Planet Foundation’s longest standing partner, Grameen Trust. During this time, Daniel supported the planning, implementation, and coordination of the establishment of Grameen Build-Operate-Manage (BOM) microfinance institutions in Guatemala, Mexico and Colombia. The role involved managing the collaboration between large commercial banks, as funding partners, the management teams of Grameen microfinance experts from Bangladesh, and the local field staff. Daniel holds degrees in Economics and International Affairs from the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Daniel strongly believes that microcredit is a tremendous and powerful tool to alleviate poverty when implemented appropriately. He believes microcredit is an opportunity, a means to provide intelligent, motivated entrepreneurs an opportunity to unleash their own skills and talents in order to improve their livelihoods.